The end of the year is an ideal time to look at what we have achieved so far and at the challenges and opportunities ahead of us. Two Members of the UGAF Core Group have made green resolutions for 2014 and decided to share them with us:


In 2013, Tallinn University doubled the number of bicycle parking lots, reduced the amount of waste the university produced and established the Centre for Sustainability, which provides training courses on sustainability for 700 teachers.
For 2014, Tallinn University aims to further increase the number of bicycle parking lots, to further reduce the amount of waste and will continue providing and enhancing training courses on sustainability education.

In 2013, one of the Freie Universität Berlin 's main achievements was the implementation of their first holidays closedown: the university will be completely closed during the winter holiday period (2 weeks), which will help to save energy. The university also completed the installation of the first two block heat and power plants.
For 2014, the Freie Universität Berlin is planning to publish its first Annual Sustainability Report.

In 2013, the University of Oslo organised several Green events, such as the PARK (ing) Day, the waste reduction week, the winter bike event,...and of course the first GREEN IT School. They wish to pursue this path in 2014!

In 2013, the Vrije Universiteit Brussel(VUB) installed over 3000 photovoltaic panels on campus. They produced 700.000 Kwh, which is the annual electricity need of 250 households. VUB organised as well its first Green Week, from 4-11 November, focusing on the COP in Warschau.
In 2014, VUB will start the application for the Brussels ecodynamic label (a Brussels initiative similar to the EMAS label). Moreover, VUB will kick off the bottom-up student campaign to become a "fair trade university", where only fair trade products are consumed.

UGAF extends its best wishes for the new year!